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By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The storied Philippine-Mexican rivalry in boxing continues when the talented Pagara brothers, “Prince” Albert Pagara and elder brother Jason Pagara take on Mexican warriors at the International Trade Center in Dubai on August 7.

The late addition of Jason Pagara who has been training hard since he learned about the assignment was in response to the clamor of the large community of Filipino boxing fans in Dubai, with the famed ALA Promotions and the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN along with widely watched TFC, The Filipino Channel, to present its second blockbuster presentation in the United Arab Emirates in which undefeated IBF Intercontinental junior featherweight champion “Prince” Albert Pagara battles Mexico’s Jesus “Chito” Rios in the main event while super lightweight Jason Pagara takes on Ramiro Alcaraz.

The turn-away crowd in the initial promotion of “Duel in Dubai” promoted ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN to secure a bigger venue within the sprawling International Trade Center to the delight of predominantly Filipino fight fans eager to get a glimpse of the promising “Prince” Albert Pagara who is ranked No. 7 in the world by the IBF and No. 12 by the WBC and the younger brother of talented light welterweight Jason “El Nino” Pagara.

“Prince Albert” Pagara is coming off a solid win over Mexico’s Rodolfo Hernandez who was dropped in the opening round and was forced to retire in the 4th round when he complained of a broken hand and was unable to continue while on November 15. 2014 Prince Albert dominated veteran Raul Hirales, a former world champion to win a near shutout decision over twelve rounds with two judges – Ian Scott and Alejandro Lopez Cid scoring the fight 120-107 and Filipino judge Gil Co who had Pagara the winner 119-108.

One of the most scintillating performances of “Prince” Albert Pagara was when he mauled Mexican Hugo Partida in the very first round to score a TKO to win the vacant IBF Intercontinental title after dropping the hapless Partida three times in the round.

“Prince” Albert put on a royal performance when he totally annihilated the abrasive and cocky Hugo “Olimpico” Partida who head-butted and threw a punch at Pagara during the weigh-in, prompting Pagara to vow to destroy the Mexican which he did in awesome fashion the following night.

Pagara dropped Partida early in the opening round before a flurry of punches had the Mexican reeling against the ropes which propped him up and prevented him from going down with the referee correctly ruling a knockdown.

While Partida beat the count it was obvious he wouldn’t escape the wrath of Pagara who finished him off with a cracking left hook to the jaw that sent the Mexican crashing to the canvas prompting the referee to halt the massacre at 1:18 of the opening round.

But the 30 year old Rios is no pushover and has a record 25 knockouts in 31 wins with 7 losses and is coming off a 1st round TKO over Aram Valle last May 15.

However, Rios has had a somewhat up-and-down career, losing by a 6th round TKO to Jesus Rendon (11-1-1, 5 KO’s) on December 20, 2014 following a stunning 1st round TKO to veteran multi-titled world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel on July 26, 2014.

Prior to the Montiel fight Rios won by a 1st round knockout over Cristian Lopez on June 20, 2014 and a 2nd round knockout of Cristian Rodriguez in a scheduled eight round bout on March 29, 2014.

However, Rios didn’t last long against hard-hitting Filipino southpaw Michael Farrenas, a protégé of former two-division world champion Gerry Penalosa and lost by a 2nd round TKO as referee Ferdinand Estrella called a halt at 2:40 of the round.

26 year old Jason Pagara has a record of 35-2 with 22 big knockouts and should have no trouble disposing of Ramiro Alcaraz who has a high KO ratio of 9 knockouts in 15 wins with 4 defeats and 2 draw.

In his last fight on December 20, 2014 Alcaraz scored a 7th round TKO over Jonas Olivas while he lost by a 5th round TKO to Roberto Ortiz in a WBO Silver title fight on April 12, 2014.

Pagara’s most notable victory was in a rematch with menacing-looking Mexican Rosbel Montoya whom he battered to score a 6th round TKO for the WBO International title in a rematch after dropping a ten round decision in their initial encounter.

Jason is coming off a 2nd round TKO in a title defense against Cesar Chavez last February 7 this year.

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